It’s safe to say that it was a pretty poor season for Southampton last year as the Saints struggled to replicate their usual mid-table form and instead were fighting relegation.
Due to the club’s poor form, Mark Hughes was called in to keep the team in the Premier League and although he succeeded at that, the long-term future at the club might not be as secure as some may think.
Over the summer, the club brought in five new players to try and improve on the club’s poor season last year. Liverpool striker, Danny Ings was brought in on loan and although the forward has started well, Southampton have only scored six goals this season.
If the club stay up this season, Southampton need to freshen up their forward line and could well look to Brentford striker Neal Maupay.
Although Charlie Austin, like Ings is a great forward, the former QPR man is approaching 30 and had struggled with injuries last year. Moreover, Shane Long just doesn’t look like he can score a goal and as for Manolo Gabbiadini, the Italian has only made a start for the club this season and has failed to score.
Neal Maupay, on the other hand, has scored 10 goals in the Champions this season and is at the moment the top scorer in the league. The Frenchman has been the key reason in Brentford’s superb start to the season. Rated at just £4.5 million, the Frenchman will likely command a much higher fee in the summer as many clubs will be looking to sign him. However, if Southampton can sign him, they could have a deadly strike force.
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